MEMBERS of the faculty, university officials and students of Mindanao State University (MSU) called on President Benigno Aquino III for the re-appointment of MSU president Macapado A. Muslim. In a letter to President Aquino, the officers and members of the MSU-UTC Parents Teachers Community Assembly appealed for the extension of Muslim’s term “at least up to January 4, 2016”.
Muslim was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as acting MSU president in 2008 and later as president in March 2010. His term ends in January 2014.
The petitioners, led by professor Sahria Mauhom, president of the MSU-UTC Faculty and Staff, said extending the term of Muslim would “allow him to continue the various infrastructure projects and other programs he has started”. The petitioners cited various accomplishments made by Muslim during his tenure as university president including a PhP29-million upgrade on MSU library facilities and increased academic excellence and performance of students from the technical and engineering colleges. Employee welfare has also been a hallmark of the Muslim presidency at MSU, the petitioners added with contractual and casual employees receiving pay upgrades.
Under Muslim, the faculty force posted 59 publications in both international and national journals’ services and have been so invigorated by the provision of financial incentives to ISI publication of faculty members, sending faculty members to international conference to present their papers, establishing tie-ups with CHED for research funding assistance, and conducting community services, like relief and rehabilitation assistance to calamity victims.
Talib Abdulhamid Benito, member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, said Muslim “is the best, most qualified and competent President. Extension of his term of office is not only expedient, but also necessary in order not to disrupt his plans and on-going projects to further improve MSU, both academically and physically, as a center of academic excellence and as a catalyst of change not only in the ARMM, but in the entire country.”